The median wage is used by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) to determine wage requirements to certain types of visas, including the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV). When the median wage changes, those visa requirements also change.
The median wage is updated regularly according to the country's median income, and on 27 February 2023, it will increase to NZD $29.66. All wage thresholds indexed to the median wage will also be updated, including occupations covered by sector agreements, and residence visa categories.
What does it mean for employers?
- Wage thresholds must be met at the job check and visa application stages of the AEWV process.
- If a job check has been approved before the median wage increase and is below the new threshold, the job check can still be used to support a visa application. All job checks submitted from 27 February must meet the new threshold.
- All AEWV applications submitted from 27 February must meet the new threshold. Employers must pay AEWV holders at least the wage specified in an approved application.
What does it mean for migrants?
- All migrants who apply for an AEWV from 27 February must meet the new threshold attached to their role considering the median wage of NZD $29.66.
- Residence visa categories and pathways with median wage-related criteria will also be updated. This includes the Green List and Highly Paid pathways, and the Skilled Migrant Category.
Detailed information can be found on INZ website. If you want to learn more about how this will affect you or your business, get in touch with out immigration team to book a consultation with one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers.
Disclaimer: information provided in this article is general only and it does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Due to the continuously evolving nature of New Zealand Immigration policies, Trinity can provide no warranty as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness, other than accuracy at the time of publication. Before taking any course of action related to this article you should make your own inquiries and seek further advice on whether it is suitable for your circumstance. Trinity Employment Services has in house Licensed Immigration Advisers who will be happy to help you with your enquiries.